Posted by: Mike B. | August 24, 2009

Monday is a sad day in Boston

It all started with a bang on Friday, Yankees were in town and the Red Sox needed to stop the AL East bleeding in the standings. Things didn’t go so well as the Sox got absolutely smoked by the Yankees 20-11. Things were looking down for Boston but a lot could be done to make up for such a crazy Friday.

The Boston Cannons had their semi-finals game Saturday and got themselves out to a nice lead when things started to fall apart. The Cannons were outshot and outplayed in much of the game but had the lead to hold onto as the game was coming to a close. Problem was that they couldn’t hold on. In a nail biter of a finished the Cannons (#4 seed) were ousted by the #1 seed Denver Outlaws 11-10.

Boston was faced to hope and pray the Sox could salvage game 2 of the 3 game Red Sox – Yankees series and with newcomer Tazawa on the mound against veteran ace Burnett. Lucky for the Sox Burnett’s bad luck at Fenway this year continued; giving hope of a victorious weekend by killing the Yankees behind an outstanding pitching performance from Tazawa 14-1.

All this lead to the pitching showdown of the year; Beckett vs. Sabathia. The two 14 game winners faced off to see who would be the AL wins leader. Sabathia had been on fire in the month of August while Becketts previous start had been one of his worst outings of the year. After a first pitch HR from Yankees captain Derek Jeter, Red Sox Nation was hoping for a comeback. The comeback never came as Beckett struggled with his curveball and the outside corner for Sabathia seemed to be very generous all night. Sox lost the game to a final of 8-4 as Beckett had two dismal starts in a row and Red Sox nation will rally around young hurler Buchholz tonight as he tries to begin a winning streak for the Red Sox playoff push.

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